With news of the terrible atrocities being carried out by Russian soldiers in their continuing attack on Ukraine, it must be impossible to believe in fairy tales, let alone that there are good people in the world.
But thousands of Ukranian refugees will get a little taste of living the lifestyle as a prince or princess as Europe’s royal families unite to help people in need of a home.
Henri, The Grand Duke of Luxembourg and his family will give up private property owned by the Grand Ducal Court, to desperate families fleeing the Russian invasion.
Despite it’s tiny population of just 632,275, Luxembourg has already provided refuge for 4,000 Ukranians.
This latest offer could include the families privately owned 11th century Fischbach Castle, which was bought by the royals in 1847 and was the private home of Grand Duke Henri and his family until his ascension in 2000. More recently it has been home to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands have offered to provide housing for up to 30 refugees in 15th Century castle, Het Oude Loo which is on the royal estate in Apeldoorn. Last month they confirmed they will house three families in apartments in their portfolio.
The British royals are also hoping to join the effort with Prince Charles looking to find spaces on his Dumfries estate in Scotland as well as sites in the Duchy of Cornwall which has a number of holiday homes.
Meanwhile The Queen Balmoral estate and Sandringham in Norfolk could provide space in empty cottages as well as temporary tourism related job opportunities.
And Prince William and his father have been trying to put together a range of practical measures including the possibility of jobs and training courses. The royal family have all donated to a coalition of 15 British charities working on the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal but are keen to do more under the British government’s Home for Ukraine scheme which has seen thousands of residents offer spare rooms to those in need.